Maritimes: wish you were here!

I am taking a week off from regular posting this week. It’s summer vacation time and I am on a trip I have been dreaming off for years. Silly enough I am not even that far from home, about 12 hours away. We are 2 friends on a road trip heading to the east coast of Canada: Atlantic Canada, also know as the Maritimes.

Lunenburg Nova Scotia

Lunenburg NS, source andrewmuhlbach.com

Nova Scotia and New Brunswick are on this trip’s menu, as are bucket loads of seafood like lobster, the cities of Halifax and Saint-John, coastal fishing villages like Lunenberg, Maritimes whales, the highest tides in the world at Fundy Bay, and as this post publishes we will be exploring the Cabot trail, one of the worlds most scenic drives!

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Cabot Trail NS, source usask.ca

If you just cannot wait for my return then I invite you to head over to Citynet Magazine and check out my latest outings at a lavender filed and 2 of the HOTTEST new restaurants in Montreal:

  • the 1 year anniversary of LABARAKE located in Historic Angus Shops

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  • Escape to the Perfumed Fields of Lavender at Bleu Lavande Just South of Montreal

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  • Doca, a Mediterranean swanky spot in Griffintown

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I will be back on August 4th with #twelveloaves!

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Lamb Bone Broth: follow your gut

Mineral and gelatin packed bone broths are so good for you and they taste wonderful. Today we will make Lamb Bone Broth but with a most unexpected bone segment, the head.

Soooooo remember back in April I had challenged myself to drink homemade bone broth every day for 1 month? And I blogged about it twice with recipes? And then I went on a cruise and life happened! Well I did indeed complete my 1 month challenge but somehow I never got around to post my two final bone broth recipes. Wait no more here is the third one and the fourth will follow in August.

I have to admit something to you to. I am a little scared to post the next two recipes. Why? Because they are – how should I say – graphic in nature when it comes to unusual animal carcass parts! The fish recipe is obviously made with fish skeletons but they are whole with head, fins and tail. Today’s bone broth recipe is made with lamb – a lamb’s entire head!

Lamb Bone Broth

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Algerian Griwech Pastries

These intricate Algerian Griwech pastries are made from contortioned dough into elaborate shapes, then fried and coated by a syrup and sesame seeds.

The word griwech translates to “crunchy” and that is a perfect description of the texture, yet they remain very delicate and are beautifully perfumed with orange blossom water. Algerian Griwech are very popular during religious celebrations, weddings and during the Muslim fasting month of Ramadhan which is just about to end.

Algerian griwech plate

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Chaklama, Omani Coconut Macaroons

The sweet confection of baked coconut and sweetened condensed milk from Oman is called a Chaklama, a close relative to the very well know Coconut Macaroon.

It’s time for the MENA (Middle Eastern & North African) Cooking Group. This monthly group has for goal to help us discover the culture and cuisine of the countries found in these parts of the world. The host of the month will choose two savory and a sweet dish from the country and the members pick one dish to make. We are visiting the lesser know country of Oman this month and we will sample Chaklama, or Omani Coconut Macaroons. Ramadan Mubarak to all my Muslim friends and readers.

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Hanging with my Chaklamas by the lake at the cottage.

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The Montreal Bagel for #twelveloaves

Yes you can make the iconic smaller, sweeter and denser real Montreal bagel with a larger hole at home.

This is a very exciting day for me as it is the first time I am participating in a group called Twelve Loaves. I really enjoy being a member of various cooking clubs but I need to feel like I am learning something. I felt I needed a new challenging club in my monthly groups rotation and when I came across Twelve Loaves I knew it was ‘the one’.

Baking bread is so perfect. I keep saying I need to bake more bread and I am always intimidated at the though so I keep putting off. No more as I will be popping one out of the oven every month from now on. Each month there is a chosen ingredient or theme. For July we were asked to make a Jewish bread and there was not even a doubt in my mind what I would make: a Montreal Bagel!

Montreal bagel poppy and sesame

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Butter the movie: Food ‘n Flix Roundup

At the beginning of this month, I announced that I would be hosting Food ‘n Flix with Butter the movie. I have a wonderful time with all my groups but this one is particularly special to me. I adore all the participants and I really like the fact that there is an element outside of the kitchen…it’s a lot more interactive.

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Butter is a 2011 comedy film starring Yara Shahidi, Jennifer Garner, Ty Burrell, Olivia Wilde, Alicia Silverstone, and Hugh Jackman. The movie tells the tale of an adopted girl who discovers her talent for butter carving and finds herself pitted against an ambitious local woman in their town’s annual contest in Iowa. No, butter is not as innocent as you would think, there is a lot of dirty plays and sabotaging plots. This is the cut-throat story of greed, blackmail, sex, and butter!

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Not Yo Mama’s Neapolitan

Nothing beats the summer heat like a Neapolitan frozen treat. Yonanas comes to the rescue with a healthy fruit “ice cream” which will also be kind to your bikini line.

It’s really summer and it is officially frozen dessert season here in the Northern Hemisphere. As you all know I am a huge fan of ice cream but I have been watching what I eat and when I look at the calorie count of ice cream…yikes. That does not mean I will completely deprive myself of ice cream pleasures but for everyday treats finding a healthier alternative is a huge step in the right direction.

Yonanas Neapolitan

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